What makes a scientific article influential? The case of demographers


In this paper we examine, by means of a citation analysis, which factors influence the impactof articles published in demography journals between 1990 and 1992. Several quantifiablecharacteristics of the articles (characteristics with respect to authors, visibility, content andjournals) are strongly related to their subsequent impact in the social sciences. Articles are mostfrequently cited when they deal with empirical, ahistorical research focusing on populations in thedeveloped world, when they are prominently placed in a journal issue, when they are written inEnglish and when they appear in core demography journals. Furthermore, although eminentscholars are likely to be cited on the basis of their reputation, the effect of reputation appears to besmall in demography.

DOI: 10.1023/A:1010510831718

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@article{Dalen2001WhatMA, title={What makes a scientific article influential? The case of demographers}, author={Hendrik P. van Dalen and Kene Henkens}, journal={Scientometrics}, year={2001}, volume={50}, pages={455-482} }